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  1. For the two weeks I had to call from behind the mound, I switched to a fairly understated and quick hammer mechanic. Pointing just felt silly. My verbal was the same on regular strikes ("hike!"). My strike three became a midwhacker type mechanic, and I truncated my verbal from "hike, hee!" to just "hee!
  2. Depend son the rule set. Under OBR (MLB), this is a balk. Under FED (high school) this is legal. I believe NCAA agrees with OBR, but I don't know NCAA very well.
  3. What is your current experience?
  4. Biscuit


    Don't have to decide, I've had a game every day this week
  5. I too was 8 and don't remember it.
  6. You know, I agree when I think about. However, CCA has U1 in C with bases loaded. Anyone know why that is?
  7. Honestly, I think it's best just to teach it as No one one: A R1 or R1, R3: B Anything else: C You can throw in somewhere about the steal at second, but I think it's less confusing to just give them the layout. Repeat it three or four times and it'll stick.
  8. That sounds like prioritizing the wrong plays. Being in C allows for... Better looks at the pickoff to third? B is better for the double play ball (less than two outs), the steal, pick offs to first, and plays at first. Stick to B.
  9. @lawump said he had it in good authority (and with it coming from lawump, I believe it) that there will not be new rules or casebooks because if the pandemic. I wouldn't expect it to be the norm.
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    Runners Leave Early

    The first part is easy, and the most common question we get. Yes, the run scores. This is a timing play, not a force play. The second part is considerably more interesting, and involves one of my favorite things in baseball, the advantageous fourth out. Yes, they can appeal that the Runner left early and record a fourth out. If they do so, that run does NOT score. But, until they appeal that he left early at third, that run does score.
  11. I put together a full set of mechanics that Blue Valley Rec will be using this year. If you'd like, I can meet (either in person or virtually) to explain it to you (Or Lee, Mark, or Austin). You can also see the write up of it here, but be warned, we've changed out minds on a few things based on a little testing, and through teaching it this past week, and it's far from comprehensive. A few of those changes may not be reflected in the document. If you want to talk more, let me know. I think Lee should have access to my email/phone through KSOA/the CTG arbiter. If not, let me know here, and I'll reach out to you.
  12. BCD, where in Kansas? Is it the KC area?
  13. 6.02(d)(1) makes it very clear that there is not an option to warn before ejection. "The pitcher shall be ejected immediately from the game and shall be suspended automatically. In National Association Leagues, the automatic suspension shall be for 10 games." However, 6.01(d) comment does give the umpire discretion when the pitcher spits on the hand, ball or glove, and when he rubs the ball on his glove or uniform. In those two (five?) instances, the umpire can warn. Defacing the ball is not a warnable offence.
  14. I have spent a couple hours coming up with a set of mechanics. It's nearly complete, but still have 2 or 3 situations to think through. If you guys want to look through it and suggest suggestions, that'd be awesome. Click here to see the Google doc Now, with that posted, I don't think it's the best solution. With my mechanics above, you are absolutely screwed on a ball down the third base line or plays at the plate with runner's in scoring position. After thinking through the mechanics, I believe the best thing to do is to have the PU stand 10 feet (or whatever) behind the batter, and have U1 move to the middle of the infield at all times. This way, you still have nearly the same coverage, just U1 calls balls and strikes. It's not ideal, but I think it's the best way to do it. Unfortunately, I was unable to get that method approved at the league I'm developing the mechanics for. *sigh*
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    Ruling on this play

    What the OP forgot to mention is F6 is deaf. How is that relevant you ask? The sound of the bat hitting the ball 1000 feet in the air made everyone else drop in pain, so F7 couldn't call F6 off. Seriously guys, I think we all get it. It will never be called because it's a physical impossibility for this play to happen.
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